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Program Authority: Title IV, Part B of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
(20 U.S.C. 7171-7176).

The authorizing legislation can be found at
(see pages 233 through 244 of the legislation).


Final regulations to implement Executive branch policy that, within the framework of constitutional church-state guidelines, religiously affiliated (or "faith-based") organizations should be able to compete on an equal footing with other organizations for funding by the U.S. Department of Education are available.

Uniform Grant Guidance

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

It was published in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 75871) on December 19, 2014, and became effective for new and continuation awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Please note the new regulations do not affect grant funds awarded prior to December 26, 2014, unless funds made available under those grants are carried forward into a new Federal fiscal year or a continuation grant.

If you have questions about ED's implementation and training efforts related to the Uniform Guidance, please email them to

Non-Regulatory Guidance

21st Century Community Learning Centers Non-Regulatory Guidance (February 2003)
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA will not be implemented until School Year 2017-18. In the meantime, we are still operating under NCLB. We encourage you to sign up to receive email updates on ESSA and visit our ESSA website for additional information, as it becomes available:

Please check periodically for updates.

Last Modified: 04/07/2017